Professional Advancement Network for Teachers and Administrators (PANTA)

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PANTA Summary

Mississippi State University-Meridian’s Professional Advancement Network for Teachers and Administrators initiative, also known as PANTA, is designed to address the need for highly qualified, certified teachers and administrators throughout the state. PANTA supports a variety of candidates, including paraprofessionals, high school students, non-traditional students, and individuals who possess a non-education bachelor’s degree. The foundation of PANTA is built upon the residency model, an approach that fully immerses students in the school environment and allows them to gain practical experience while working side by side with an experienced mentor teacher or administrator. The PANTA initiative houses a variety of programs within the MSU-Meridian Division of Education, including teacher leadership, educational leadership, elementary alternate route, secondary alternate route, undergraduate elementary education, and the Bachelor of Applied Science degree.


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Jeffrey Leffler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Graduate Coordinator

Phone: 601-484-0187
Fax: 601-484-0280

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Kevin Entrekin
Recruitment Coordinator

Phone: 601-484-0244
Fax: 601-484-0280

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Matthew Blackwell

Phone: 601-484-0133
Fax: 601-484-0280